Something Concrete and Modern: Post war Architecture in the North East of England
Engineering Research Station, Ryder and Yates 1968
Copyright: Photo-Mayo Studio
The post-war era in the North East was by far the most prosperous period of cultural change and growth embodied through a boom in new buildings in the region. The project aims to catalogue and record key post war buildings of the North East of England to increase public knowledge and access.
The unique architectural legacy of the post war buildings in the region has never been properly recorded. Now the future of many of these buildings is being threatened by a range of economic factors which include; the demise of industry in the region, the re-organisation of local authorities, the threat to buildings for the arts, changes in social housing, changes in commercial trends and sport and leisure.
The architectural heritage from this period is disappearing at an alarming rate. Many of these buildings have been remodelled, altered or even demolished, including many award-winning structures. The project aims to review influential figures and buildings to take the opportunity to reflect and evaluate this prolific period.
The project will document a wide variety of built, un-built and demolished buildings from internationally renowned architects, to unknown local authority architects and private practices as well as influential figures. The resulting resource will be made publically available as a learning tool for individuals, organisations and professionals involved in future developments in built environment of the region.
Rutter studied architecture at the Universities of Newcastle and York and subsequently taught the subject at the universities of Northumbria, Birmingham, Huddersfield and Leeds.
He is the author of two books, both published by RIBA Publishing, which have featured North east based architectural practices, and produced critical analysis of their work. He has written articles for 20th Century Society and DoCoMoMo newsletters, and discussed aspects of post war architecture on radio, television, Baltic CCA and in the local press.